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49 prisoners killed, more than 40 injured trying to escape from Colombian prison

Colombia Prison: At least 49 prisoners were killed and dozens more were injured as they tried to escape from a prison in the Colombian city of Tulua early Tuesday. According to the news agency AFP, an official of the National Prisons Agency gave this information. A spokesman for the National Penitentiary and Prison Institute said, “49 people have died so far.” He said the count was preliminary and “may change.”

According to the news agency AFP, Caracol Radio quoted officials as saying that the accident happened while trying to escape after the fire. According to that report, more than 40 people have been injured.

more people in prisons
Colombia’s prisons have more people than capacity. According to official figures, Colombian prisons have a capacity of 81,000 people, but hold about 97,000. President Ivan Duque, who is visiting Portugal, tweeted that the incident would be investigated. He said, “We regret the incident in the prison in Tulua, Valle del Cacca.

Violence is frequent in Latin America’s prisons
Many prisons in Latin America are overcrowded. Deadly riots are frequent in prisons. Hundreds of people have died in prisons in neighboring Ecuador over the past year in what the government says is violence linked to rivalry between drug gangs, though it has failed to suppress it.

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